Mother, partner charged over soldiers’ ambush acquitted

MANILA, Philippines --- A Taguig court acquitted a 30-year-old mother and her live-in partner of the murder and the frustrated murder of two soldiers five years after being arrested because the prosecution failed to present any evidence of their involvement. Maria Miradel Torres and her live-in partner, Romeo Pasoot Jr., were arrested in 2014 for the ambush of two members of the Alpha Company of the 16th Infantry Battalion. Pfc. Fernando Lopez was killed in the ambush while his companion, Pfc. Ronald Bamba, was injured. In a 26-page decision by the Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 153, the prosecution failed to present other evidence to prove that Torres and Pasoot were i...

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